Some would say that after securing a sensational return to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo making the difference for his nation would be inevitable.
Ronaldo was in action for his nation on Wednesday as Portugal took on Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers, starting alongside Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The 36-year-old endured a frustrating afternoon, having seen his penalty saved by the Irish goalkeeper in the first half. Ireland took the lead later in the game and were resolute but were eventually undone by the former Real Madrid player.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the all-time international top goalscorer with 110 goals. 🇵🇹👏
— The United Zone Podcast (@UnitedZonePod) September 1, 2021
Footage courtesy of BeIN Sports
Late in the game, Ronaldo scored to make it 1-1, thus breaking the all-time record for most international goals scored. Ronaldo (110 goals) is now the sole holder of the record, surpassing Iran’s Ali Daei (109 goals).
As seen above, the goal was a typically perfect header from the former Real Madrid striker. Despite struggling for most of the game, his quality shone through once again as he secured a victory with two late goals.